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Last Updated: Saturday, 19 April, 2003, 12:37 GMT 13:37 UK
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Rangers captain Barry Ferguson
Barry Ferguson has added goals to his game this season
Barry Ferguson and James McFadden are favourites to take the top two awards in the Scottish players player of the year awards.

The nominations were exclusively disclosed on BBC Scotland's Sportscene programme on Saturday.

Rangers and Scotland midfielder Ferguson is one of four nominations for the main award.

Celtic have two players in the running, defender Bobo Balde and Sweden striker Henrik Larsson.

The other contender is Dunfermline Athletic and Scotland striker Stevie Crawford.

Ferguson has been in superb form this season, adding 19 goals to his normal playmaker expertise.

Balde is the outside bet, having been a tower of strength at the back this season after adding more composure to his play.

Larsson has continued his goalscorer antics this season, adding 38 to his tally as he has spearheaded Celtic's progress to the Uefa Cup semi-finals.

Motherwell forward James McFadden
James McFadden has attracted interest from English clubs
Being from less fashionable Dunfermline will not help Crawford's chances, but he has proved himself one of the Scottish Premier League's most dangerous strikers.

Crawford has scored 23 times and has overcome initial scepticism from Scotland boss Berti Vogts to cement his place as the international side's first-choice hitman.

McFadden has been tipped for a 1m-plus move from Motherwell and is favourite for the young player of the year award.

The striker has scored 15 times this season for his club, but they have so far rejected bids from English clubs for his services.

Scotland Under-21 strike partner Shaun Maloney is also among the nominations but would be an unlikely winner considering he has so far failed to become a regular in the Celtic side.

Another international colleague, Ian Murray, had an excellent first half of the season in the Hibernian midfield, but his chances will have been hampered by their poor recent form.

Lee Miller has done particularly well to be among the nominations considering he plays for a First Division club.

The 17-goal striker has helped Falkirk to within touching distance of the title and the promotion that could come of it if they can persuade the SPL to accept their ground-sharing proposal.

He is also expected to win a move to a bigger club at the end of the season.


Nominations

Player of the year: Bobo Balde (Celtic), Stevie Crawford (Dunfermline Athletic), Barry Ferguson (Rangers), Henrik Larsson (Celtic)

Young player of the year: Shaun Maloney (Celtic), James McFadden (Motherwell), Lee Miller (Falkirk), Ian Murray (Hibernian)

First Division player of the year: Paul Hartley (St Johnstone), Mark Kerr (Falkirk), Barry Robson (Inverness Caledonian Thistle), Dennis Wyness (Inverness Caledonian Thistle)

Second Division player of the year: Kevin Byers (Forfar Athetic), Ian Harty (Stranraer), Paquito (Raith Rovers), Chris Templeman (Brechin City)

Third Division player of the year: James Allan (Queen's Park), Kevin McAllister (Albion Rovers), Iain Stewart (Peterhead), Alex Williams (Morton)





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